Winter Arts Academy Classes

There are three Arts Academy classes coming up in December and January here at the Dixie Center for the Arts.  NCLAC’s Arts Academy classes are part of our mission to foster opportunities for creative expression, as well as offer employment opportunities for regional artists to share their areas of expertise.

In preparation for the holidays…

Make a keepsake ornament!

Paper Pulp Ornaments

Paper Pulp Ornaments

In partnership with Louisiana Tech University’s MFA program, we are offering Paper Pulp Ornaments on Saturday, December 14 from 10-noon. 3rd year candidate Brittany Spencer will teach students, ages 7-12,  how to create their own paper through recycling scrap paper pieces to form new sheets as circular Christmas ornaments. Students will be free to choose colors and decorations in the form of imbedding and layering materials. These ornaments will make great keepsakes that families can keep on Christmas trees for years, or give out as gifts! The fee for the class is $10 for NCLAC members, $15 for non-members. Students should bring one empty soup can, with both ends removed, and one empty coffee can, lid isn’t necessary. All other supplies are included with your class fee. After the workshop, the ornaments will need to dry for two days before pick-up.

Brittany Spencer is a third-year MFA candidate focusing on communication design. Her design work has led her into creating playful artwork through various paper making processes. Her artwork serves as a reminder to adults to never forget the magical experiences they had as children.

who: ages 7-12

when: Dec. 14

where: Dixie Center for the Arts


Perfect gift certificate ideas for the artists you love…

Learn to use that camera!

Basic Photography

Basic Photography

Photographer, Sonny Monteleone, will teach a two-day workshop, Sat/Sun, January 25-26, 1-5pm, that will help dispel the fears of your camera. Basic Photography will cover basics such as holding technique, buttons, exposure, settings and composition. The only supplies needed are a camera, preferably with manual settings, and the camera manual. Cost for the weekend workshop is $160 for NCLAC members, $170 for non-members. A pre-registration fee of $25 is required to hold your space, as class size is limited for personal instruction. This fee will go toward your total cost.

This class is perfect for someone who’s receiving a new camera for Christmas, or for those people you know who have cameras they’re afraid to use. Gift certificates are available.

Sonny Monteleone is a photographer living in Breaux Bridge, LA, He works as an art photographer, framer and workshop instructor throughout southern Louisiana. You may have seen his work at this year’s Holiday Arts Tour, where he exhibited at The Lodge.

who: teens-adults

when: Jan. 25-26

where: Dixie Center for the Arts


Wanna learn to make your own painting surfaces?

Surface Prep

Surface Prep

Are you spending too much money painting on store-bought canvas?  Surface Prep for Painting can teach you some cost-effective alternatives. Another class in our MFA series, 3rd year candidate Peter Hay will cover how to create an affordable painting surface by the exploration  of cost cutting measures, hand tools, construction craft, and other surface options. Participants will leave with an 8″x10″ stretched canvas and panel prepared with a homemade gesso. The class will be held January 25. Email or call our office for more information,as some specific details are still being determined.

This class is perfect for a budding artist, or for established artists who still rely on store-bought canvas and panels. It will be a great opportunity to explore some new options on which to paint. Gift certificates are available.

Peter Hay is a painter and printmaker working on his Master of Fine Arts at Louisiana Tech University. His work is based on embellishments of current ecological issues, which could be described as environmental realism. He has worked with NCLAC on several programs, as well as taught classes at Louisiana Tech.

who: older teens-adults

when: Jan. 25

where: Dixie Center for the Arts


Class size is limited, and pre-registration is necessary in order to adequately prepare supplies. For registration or more details,  by call our office at (318)255-1450 or email me at
NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.


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